Everton lost to Leicester on New Year’s Day and the manager, Marco Silva has claimed the loss was largely caused by anxiety from the match day squad. The match, which was largely a drab affair ended 1-0 in favour of Leicester making it the fourth loss in five games for the Toffees.
“This afternoon, even the simple pass went two metres wrong. When you do that it is impossible to get the creativity and the mobility to create chances to score,” Marco Silva said. He further continued, “We didn’t create much in the first half. But every time we won the ball in good positions, it wasn’t good enough. A lot of easy mistakes and missing easy passes.”
Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira pounced on Michael Keane’s inability to control a long ball and laid a pass onto their talisman, Jamie Vardy’s golden left foot. Vardy’s resultant goal (also his lone shot on target) ended up being the difference in a match that was largely uninspiring from both sides. Both sides, though packed with many talented players kept misplacing passes and giving away possession. Evertonian attacker, Kenny, misplaced most passes with a pass accuracy of 35.7% from his attempted 14 passes. In the first half, Ben Chilwell, Leicester’s defender was dispossessed 22 times.
Everton have now lost four games of their last five matches and their fans will be wondering why the team has been on a decline. Their win at Burnley is the only highlight of what is rapidly turning into a bad Christmas for the Toffees.
Their next game is a home match to Lincoln City for the FA Cup’s third round and the team will be hoping for some inspiration from their fans to avoid defeat.